Bradford Culture

Escape to culture

Victorian museums hosting modern artists, 21st century performances surrounded by Edwardian architecture alongside innovative festivals.  If you want to become immersed in culture then Bradford district is the place to choose.

Bradford is bidding to be City of Culture 2025 and the city is brimming with enthusiasm and ideas, look out for activities during your visit.

Bradford proudly boasts a wide collection of galleries and theatres where you can experience West End shows, top comedians and international orchestral performances. With an array of museums, mainly with free entry, you can spend time soaking up the atmosphere whilst learning more about the city.

No visit to the city is complete without sampling the delights of its famous curry houses. Bradford has been proud winners of the Curry Capital of Britain award for six years in a row, so it is official, nothing beats a Bradford curry!

A rich heritage

You can't help but be impressed by Bradford's industrial heritage with its spectacular Victorian architecture rising up above the city. Explore Little Germany and view the wealth once generated when the city was known as Wool Capital of the world! With 55 listed buildings it may take a while to take it all in.

Let Bradford entertain you

As the world's first UNESCO City of Film, Bradford received this accolade because of the rich film heritage and its inspirational film locations. As you'd expect from the city of film, Bradford is home to the National Science and Media Museum. From amazing exhibitions, interactive galleries and historical collections to Yorkshire's first IMAX cinema and two cinemas, this is a must see whilst visiting the city. The Alhambra Theatre attracts top musicals and shows from London's West End as well as Yorkshire's biggest panto. St George’s Hall has been recently refurbished and maintains its welcoming atmosphere and excellent acoustics. Kala Sangam, is a leading intercultural arts organisation based in Bradford.  Presenting a varied programme which features south Asian and collaborative arts.

Bradford's rich history is brought to life within the fantastic range of museums. Bradford Industrial Museum has permanent displays of textile machinery, steam power, engineering and motor vehicles, along with an exciting exhibitions programme while at Bolling Hall you'll discover the lives and times of the Bradford families who called it home for over 500 years.

Visit Cartwright Hall, the fantastic art gallery with permanent David Hockney gallery, then take a stroll around the Indian style Mughal Water Garden.

When the sun shines there is no better place than the award winning City Park with its 100 fountains and water effects. Sit by the water and watch the world go by and simply relax.

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